Cake Mix Cookies

By October 4, 2018December 3rd, 2019Baking, Christmas, Cookies, Drop Cookies, Holidays, Home Easy Baking

With only three ingredients, these Cake Mix Cookies are super versatile! Change the flavors, mix ins and add frosting if you like, or leave them plain!

Cake Mix Cookies

If there was ever an award for the best – most versatile – cookie recipe – this Cake Mix Cookie Recipe would win! Hands down!

Why do I love these Cake Mix Cookies?

  1. You only need 3 ingredients
  2. Just by changing the flavor of the cake mix, you can make a variety of cake box cookies
  3. The options for mix ins are endless

Cake Mix Cookie Recipe

For these Chocolate Cookies, I decided not to add anything to the dough. There are only three ingredients – cake mix, eggs and oil, that’s it!

The addition of the Peppermint Frosting and crushed peppermint is the perfect balance.

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

How to make cookies from cake mix

Having a cookie recipe that you can whip up quickly and change the flavors is super helpful! Here are a few tips that I have discovered –

  • Baker’s Tip #1: Be sure that the cake mix does not have any clumps. You can use a fork, whisk or sift it.
  • Baker’s Tip #2: It’s best to use room temperature eggs. If you forget to take them out of the refrigerator, you can add them to a cup of hot water for a few minutes to quickly bring them up to room temperature.
  • Baker’s Tip #3: To flatten the cookies a bit (like I did) dip your finger in water and gently smooth out the tops of the cookie dough. The flatter cookies also work really well for Cookie Sandwiches.
  • Baker’s Tip #4: After trying 12 varieties of Cake Mix Cookies – Deborah from Taste and Tell shares that different flavors of cake mix may bake differently. She also writes that the different sizes of cake mixes doesn’t alter the amount of ingredients added (eggs and oil).
  • Baker’s Tip #5: These cookies are best slightly under baked. I baked these 10 minutes, because they were thinner, they turned out perfectly with a crispy edge and soft in the center.

How to make Cookies from Cake Mix

Cake Cookies with Mix ins

The mix in options are endless, here are some ideas to get you started –

  1. Mini M&M’s chocolate candies
  2. Chocolate Chips or any flavor Chip
  3. Sprinkles
  4. Nuts
  5. Mints
  6. Coconut
  7. Candy, chopped
  8. Dried Cranberries or other dried fruits

Frosting Recipes for Cake Mix Cookies

You can add any type of frosting recipe you like to your cake mix cookies. Here are some flavor combinations –

  1. Chocolate Cookies with Peppermint Frosting
  2. Lemon Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
  3. Strawberry Cookies with Buttercream Frosting
  4. Funfetti Cookies with Marshmallow Frosting
  5. Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Frosting
  6. Pumpkin Cookies with Maple Frosting

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies with Peppermint Frosting

Chocolate and Peppermint are like a match made in heaven! Especially during the biggest cookie baking season – Christmas!

For the Peppermint Frosting on the Chocolate Cookies, I combined colored half the frosting with pink gel coloring, and fitted the decorator bag with a large round tip. Then filled the bag with the white frosting on one side and the pink frosting on the other side of the bag.

Swirl on the frosting and top with crushed peppermint.

Cake Mix Cookies

If you love Peppermint, you may also like these other recipes –

Click on the photo for the recipe.

Peppermint Mocha Fudge    Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes    Chocolate Peppermint Pie    Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Cake Mix Cookies with Peppermint Frosting

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Easy and Delicious Cake Mix Cookies with Peanut Butter and M&M's


  • 1 box cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • About 1/2 cup each Mix-ins like Peanut Butter Chips, M&M's, Nuts, Toffee Bits, etc


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Mix together cake mix, eggs and oil
  4. Stir in additional mix-ins, if desired
  5. Scoop with cookie dough scoop or teaspoon
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

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